Election Issue: Sales Tax Increase

August 5, 2014 is the Missouri Primary. In addition to selecting candidates for the general election in November, there are a number of other issues added to the ballot. I’ve mentioned one Missouri Constitutional amendment passed in the legislature as SJR 36. That is Constitutional amendment #5.

There will be another issue on the ballot—raising the sales tax for Transportation. The state and counties like St Louis, has been wasting their highway maintenance money for decades. A couple of years ago, the state started repairing a number of small bridges throughout the state.

St Louis, on the other hand, did not. They just continued to whine for more state money. And…they have the unions and construction companies on their side; lusting after that tax money.

If you read the description from Ballotpedia above and scroll down the page, you will see the list of supporters for this tax increase. There is a wide spread surge of political ads across Missouri in support of this tax increase. Most of the funding is by MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC. This organization is a front created by the construction unions in Missouri.

I was given a link yesterday that disclosed the contributions to this orgranization. Here is the contributions for one day, June 25, 2014.

C131133 06/26/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC The Monarch Cement Company PO Box 1000 Humboldt KS 66748 6/25/2014 $10,000.00
C131133 06/26/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Central Plains Cement LLC 2200 North Courtney Road Sugar Creek MO 64050 6/25/2014 $25,000.00
C131133 06/26/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Ash Grove Cement Company PO Box 25900 Overland Park KS 66225 6/25/2014 $10,000.00
C131133 06/26/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Continental Cement Co LLC 10107 Highway 79 Hannibal MO 63401 6/25/2014 $20,000.00
C131133 06/26/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Pace Construction Company 1620 Woodson Road St Louis MO 63114 6/25/2014 $17,500.00
C131133 06/26/2014 MISSOURIANS FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION & NEW JOBS INC Massman Construction Co PO Box 8458 Kansas City MO 64114 6/25/2014 $50,000.00

If you add the contributions, it adds up to $132,500 in just one day! If you want a real eye-opener, use the Advanced search option on that webpage, enter the month of June 2014 for the beginning and end search dates, with the Committee ID (MECID) of C131133.

Never let it be said the dems—and a few RINOs, never saw a tax increase they didn’t like. Especially if they can grab some of it for themselves. Unions are having trouble justifying their exorbitant pay scales. Here, they have a captive supplier and they see an opportunity to seize taxpayer money and they’re willing to spend millions to get it.

The Tea Party Counterattacks

Since 2010, the ‘Pub establishment has been attacking the Tea Party. They accepted the Tea Party’s help to win back the House in 2010 but once that was accomplished, the establishment has tried their best to push the Tea Party to the back of the bus—whenever they didn’t throw them under the bus. Most recently has been the attacks by Karl Rove and others like him.

Now the Tea Party is beginning to fight back. It’s about time.

By Alexandra Jaffe – 02/18/13 04:35 PM ET

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could see a primary challenge from local businessman Matt Bevin, who sources say is reaching out to Tea Party groups in the state to gauge support for a 2014 Senate run.

Sarah Duran, president of the Louisville Tea Party, told The Hill that Bevin had been in touch with her over the phone to discuss his run multiple times over the past few weeks, and that he met with the group two weeks ago to discuss his interest in the race.

“We met with him to just discuss our feelings about the Senator, our feelings about someone running against him, what the challenges would be, the risks involved,” she said.She added that other Tea Party groups had reached out to Bevin to encourage him to run, and that even “some people that have supported McConnell in the past” had been in touch with him about a potential bid.

Kentucky is the state than elected Rand Paul over the establishment’s pick.  Having the “Paul” name didn’t hurt either.

The Tea Party ran an opponent against John Boehner in the 2012 primary, David Lewis. The local and state ‘Pub establishment sided with Boehner as did the RNC. Lewis was outspent in the primary 6 to 1. The Ohio Tea Party hasn’t forgotten. I’ve heard reports they will run another candidate against Boehner in 2014.

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Obama is in the news railing against Sequestration. The media conveniently is not reporting that it was his plan. He’s touring the country again with his usual dog ‘n pony show of firemen, cops and teachers whom he claims will be put out of work.

It’s a lie.

The reality is that with Sequestration, the FedGov will spend MORE this fiscal year than it did the last. The cuts are only 3% of the spending growth! The real issue is that the cuts are aimed at sacred cows.  For the ‘Pubs, this is the Defense Department.. The military issue is compounded by massive mismanagement by the Pentagon—lead by the exiting Leon Panetta.

Investor’s Business Daily ran this piece.

Sequestration Isn’t A Meat Ax—It Requires Cuts Of Just 3%

By Posted 02/15/2013 05:35 PM ET

“For too long, our budget process in Washington has been an exercise in deception,a series of accounting tricks to hide the expense of our spending and the shortfalls in our revenue and hope that the American people won’t notice,” Obama declared. “We do ourselves no favors by hiding the truth about what we spend.”

Obama’s clarity was a breath of fresh air. But four years later, that clarity has vanished.

Indeed, the president now denies we even have a problem with spending.

The shameful shift from honest concern about spending to denial is more than political opportunism — it reflects an unwillingness to confront the most serious economic challenge facing our nation.

The result is an ongoing series of budget crises, short-term “fixes” and emergency deadlines.

We’ll soon mark the latest of these deadlines as budget cuts under the process of “sequestration” take effect in March.

Under this process, originally slated for January but delayed by Congress in the deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” federal spending would be cut by $1.2 trillion over the next nine years.

This strategy is, to say the least, unpopular among many D.C. politicians, who object to what they say is a blunt “meat ax” approach to budget cutting.

No Offsets

For example, the scheduled cuts target defense and discretionary programs and would have an immediate impact on certain industries.

And how much would they have to find to offset the sequester for this year? About $85 billion. Based on spending last year of $3.6 trillion, that means cutting roughly three cents out of every dollar the federal government spends.

Because the White House refuses to cut three cents out of every dollar the government spends, they are proposing another round of tax increases.

While the sequester is not perfect, it would be a step in the right direction toward fiscal responsibility, absent offsetting spending cuts.

With the White House’s stubborn insistence on another round of tax increases, it might be the best worst option.

The budget cuts under sequestration will be tough, an unfortunate consequence of Washington’s short-term approach to budgeting.

But the status quo is also quite painful.

What about our 7.8% unemployment rate? What about the 4.7 million who have been unemployed for more than six months?

What about our shrinking economy? What about declining consumer confidence? Has all of that been forgotten?

It’s clear that the big spending agenda of the last four years has not delivered on its promise.

The budget restraint that sequestration would bring would forestall long-term damage to the economy, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

To be sure, it will get ugly before it gets better. The DoD has already eliminated hot breakfast for troops in the combat zones of Afghanistan. They reduced our carrier battlegroups from eleven to eight and extended the length of fleet cruises and the length of service in combat while cutting the size of those same combat services. It’s the old story of doing more with less.

Spending cuts are needed and necessary. How those cuts are being implemented, however, is abominable—striking directly at our ability to defend this nation.

Cartoons of the Week: McCoy

I’m taking the land-barge, uhhh, my Tahoe in for an oil change, inspection and licensing today.  Here’s a cartoon by Glenn McCoy to tide you over.
       
Obama’s reaction to Cut, Cap and Balance

Monday’s Moments

Because of the big Blogger hiccup last week, I’ve a bit of a backlog of items I’d saved for posts. Today, I’ll cover a few of them while they’re still fresh.

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Budgets. It’s that time of year again. The Feddies just skipped the whole thing. The dems spoke meanly to Boehner and he rolled over and got the House to pass a Continuing Resolution until next Fall. In return he got a measly $352Million in cuts. Cuts? No, not really. It turned out to be a reduction in the amount of increase.

Missouri, fortunately, has a Constitutional requirement for a balanced budget. One line item cut was to MODOT, slashing their budget by half. That’s OK. MODOT has been spending like a, well, like a democrat for years. In addition to cutting the budget, the MODOT hierarchy needs to go as well.

Kansas passed one too. It wasn’t as good as Missouri’s. In fact, it had more spending and some of the freshman ‘Pub legislators voted against it because of the few, if any, cuts in the budget.

Rep. John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee said he promised constituents to cut state spending last fall.

“I’m a fiscal conservative. I campaigned very hard to get Topeka to control the growth of state government and rein in irresponsible state spending we’ve been engaged in particularly over the last 8 years,” Rubin said. “I encourage the governor to liberally use his line item vetoes on many of the items in this budget.” — Kansas Watchdog.Org

It’s strange how governments, from the local level up to the Feds, are unable to curtail spending. Large businesses don’t have this problem. Business must control costs and revenue in order to stay in existence. How? They use a zero-based budget.
Noun

  1. (management) A budget developed disregarding the expenses or costs of the prior year, requiring explicit justification for all expenditures. — Wiki

What this means is that each budget item—including salaries and benefits, must be justified each year. The entire cost must be justified, not just the amount of increase. Costs must be balanced against income. Business can’t arbitrarily increase their income by fiat, i.e., taxes. Business must provide goods or services that people want and unlike government, business can’t force people to buy your product—except for Obamacare.

When I was employed by Sprint, my department went through a budget exercise every year. We proposed projects, detailed costs (and we were later held to that cost limit), and we had to include the amount of project revenue the project would bring to the company or how much revenue would be retained by the project or how much revenue would be lost if we didn’t do the project. Even infrastructure improvements had to be justified.

That is not how government is run. Justification, for the most part isn’t considered and when it is, much of the supporting data is subjective rather than objective.

I’ve had people tell me it was impossible for government to be held to a zero-based budget because “government projects run longer than a year.” Well, so do business projects.

Business, constantly monitors costs. When I was managing a project, I had a cost/expense review with higher management every week. Not only did I have to account for every penny that was spent, I had to project future costs on a monthly (and sometimes weekly) basis through the end of the project. Heaven help me if an expense was booked in the wrong month.

There is absolutely no reason why government cannot be held to the same standard. There are a number of reasons why government would fight such a move. Primarily, it would expose the internal activities of the bureaucracy and entrenched managers. They would lose their autonomy and suddenly be directly answerable to our elected officials and to voters.

It’s time for a change. It’s time for an accounting and methodology change in government. It’s workable and it will control costs and streamline government.

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Something wonderful happened last week. I doubt if you heard about from the MSM, FOX excepted. Some college students at LSU prevented a flag burning by some liberal radicals.

LSU protesters stop planned flag burning

Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 12:04 PM Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 12:12 PM
A planned American flag burning at LSU ended before it started when about 1,000 LSU students and other protesters forced police to intervene.

LSU graduate student Benjamin Haas had originally planned to burn an American flag Wednesday to promote his First Amendment rights and to support an LSU student arrested last week for stealing and burning a flag.
When Haas finally arrived to a chaotic scene, he was surrounded by a large crowd yelling obscenities and chanting, “U-S-A” and “Go to hell hippie, go to hell.”
Water balloons and bottles were thrown at him and, before Haas could speak, horse-mounted police escorted him out for his own safety to a police car on Highland Road as the crowd followed and he was driven off.

Good on ya, LSU! There more at the website.

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Some of us remember the Sixties when war protesters chanted “What if the military had to rely on bake sales for money?” Well, it seems the UK just found out what happens and you need a vital military asset—you borrow from the US.

Buddy, can you spare a spy plane?

We’re forced to BORROW one from U.S.

COST-CUTTING Britain has been forced to go cap in hand to borrow a US spy plane to protect our ships in Libya.

Top Brass had to ask for help after last year’s controversial decision to axe Nimrods left the UK with NO airborne maritime surveillance capability.
A US Navy P-3 Orion is now keeping watch over HMS Liverpool, mine hunter HMS Brocklesby and nuclear sub HMS Triumph. It has a US crew and is making regular sweeps off Mad Dog Gaddafi’s coast. It will provide information on potential threats to the three vessels.
A source said: “It’s all deeply embarrassing, but we can’t have our guys with no protection so we have to rely on others.”
The new Nimrods were scrapped in the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Ministers claimed the decision would save roughly £2billion but military figures blasted the move.
Nimrod…scrapped.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/3581998/UK-forced-to-borrow-spy-plane-from-US.html#ixzz1MWrmCr7B

The Brits had to barrow some P-3 Orions from the US Navy to watch over their ships.

Monday’s Moments

Because of the big Blogger hiccup last week, I’ve a bit of a backlog of items I’d saved for posts. Today, I’ll cover a few of them while they’re still fresh.

***

Budgets. It’s that time of year again. The Feddies just skipped the whole thing. The dems spoke meanly to Boehner and he rolled over and got the House to pass a Continuing Resolution until next Fall. In return he got a measly $352Million in cuts. Cuts? No, not really. It turned out to be a reduction in the amount of increase.

Missouri, fortunately, has a Constitutional requirement for a balanced budget. One line item cut was to MODOT, slashing their budget by half. That’s OK. MODOT has been spending like a, well, like a democrat for years. In addition to cutting the budget, the MODOT hierarchy needs to go as well.

Kansas passed one too. It wasn’t as good as Missouri’s. In fact, it had more spending and some of the freshman ‘Pub legislators voted against it because of the few, if any, cuts in the budget.

Rep. John Rubin, a Republican from Shawnee said he promised constituents to cut state spending last fall.

“I’m a fiscal conservative. I campaigned very hard to get Topeka to control the growth of state government and rein in irresponsible state spending we’ve been engaged in particularly over the last 8 years,” Rubin said. “I encourage the governor to liberally use his line item vetoes on many of the items in this budget.” — Kansas Watchdog.Org

It’s strange how governments, from the local level up to the Feds, are unable to curtail spending. Large businesses don’t have this problem. Business must control costs and revenue in order to stay in existence. How? They use a zero-based budget.
Noun

  1. (management) A budget developed disregarding the expenses or costs of the prior year, requiring explicit justification for all expenditures. — Wiki

What this means is that each budget item—including salaries and benefits, must be justified each year. The entire cost must be justified, not just the amount of increase. Costs must be balanced against income. Business can’t arbitrarily increase their income by fiat, i.e., taxes. Business must provide goods or services that people want and unlike government, business can’t force people to buy your product—except for Obamacare.

When I was employed by Sprint, my department went through a budget exercise every year. We proposed projects, detailed costs (and we were later held to that cost limit), and we had to include the amount of project revenue the project would bring to the company or how much revenue would be retained by the project or how much revenue would be lost if we didn’t do the project. Even infrastructure improvements had to be justified.

That is not how government is run. Justification, for the most part isn’t considered and when it is, much of the supporting data is subjective rather than objective.

I’ve had people tell me it was impossible for government to be held to a zero-based budget because “government projects run longer than a year.” Well, so do business projects.

Business, constantly monitors costs. When I was managing a project, I had a cost/expense review with higher management every week. Not only did I have to account for every penny that was spent, I had to project future costs on a monthly (and sometimes weekly) basis through the end of the project. Heaven help me if an expense was booked in the wrong month.

There is absolutely no reason why government cannot be held to the same standard. There are a number of reasons why government would fight such a move. Primarily, it would expose the internal activities of the bureaucracy and entrenched managers. They would lose their autonomy and suddenly be directly answerable to our elected officials and to voters.

It’s time for a change. It’s time for an accounting and methodology change in government. It’s workable and it will control costs and streamline government.

***

Something wonderful happened last week. I doubt if you heard about from the MSM, FOX excepted. Some college students at LSU prevented a flag burning by some liberal radicals.

LSU protesters stop planned flag burning

Published: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 12:04 PM Updated: Thursday, May 12, 2011, 12:12 PM
A planned American flag burning at LSU ended before it started when about 1,000 LSU students and other protesters forced police to intervene.

LSU graduate student Benjamin Haas had originally planned to burn an American flag Wednesday to promote his First Amendment rights and to support an LSU student arrested last week for stealing and burning a flag.
When Haas finally arrived to a chaotic scene, he was surrounded by a large crowd yelling obscenities and chanting, “U-S-A” and “Go to hell hippie, go to hell.”
Water balloons and bottles were thrown at him and, before Haas could speak, horse-mounted police escorted him out for his own safety to a police car on Highland Road as the crowd followed and he was driven off.

Good on ya, LSU! There more at the website.

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Some of us remember the Sixties when war protesters chanted “What if the military had to rely on bake sales for money?” Well, it seems the UK just found out what happens and you need a vital military asset—you borrow from the US.

Buddy, can you spare a spy plane?

We’re forced to BORROW one from U.S.

COST-CUTTING Britain has been forced to go cap in hand to borrow a US spy plane to protect our ships in Libya.

Top Brass had to ask for help after last year’s controversial decision to axe Nimrods left the UK with NO airborne maritime surveillance capability.
A US Navy P-3 Orion is now keeping watch over HMS Liverpool, mine hunter HMS Brocklesby and nuclear sub HMS Triumph. It has a US crew and is making regular sweeps off Mad Dog Gaddafi’s coast. It will provide information on potential threats to the three vessels.
A source said: “It’s all deeply embarrassing, but we can’t have our guys with no protection so we have to rely on others.”
The new Nimrods were scrapped in the Strategic Defence and Security Review. Ministers claimed the decision would save roughly £2billion but military figures blasted the move.
Nimrod…scrapped.

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/campaigns/our_boys/3581998/UK-forced-to-borrow-spy-plane-from-US.html#ixzz1MWrmCr7B

The Brits had to barrow some P-3 Orions from the US Navy to watch over their ships.